August 2012

Brazil Mission Trip: 4,500 decisions for Jesus Christ

Street Witnessing: Street witnessing teams, sports/prison teams, in-home visiting teams and others lead to people making professions of faith in Jesus.

By Karen L. Willoughby, Managing Editor

MONTES CLAROS, Minas Gerias, Brazil – Two women pawing through the garbage late one night found more than something to eat, said Gene Jenkins of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

Jenkins, brother of LBC Evangelism/Church Growth Director Wayne Jenkins, was one of 145 people to participate in this year’s Brazil mission trip. Gene Jenkins was standing outside the hotel the mission team was staying at about 11 p.m. when he saw the women searching for food.

“I asked them about God, and they said they were searching for Him, too, but they hadn’t found Him,” Jenkins said. “They both found Him that night, and they came back the next day to say thank you.”


2012 summer Olympians’ faith is on display

By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The London 2012 Summer Olympics are showcasing not only premier athletic talent but faith. Many team hopefuls have been pointing to the heavens and citing their reliance on God.

Among them is Brittany Viola, who credits God for her success in making the Olympic diving team and says she hopes God will use her to share His love and truth with the world.

“Through faith and taking God’s Word as truth, I have performed and accomplished more than I could have ever hoped for or imagined,” Viola said, according to “I expect God to use His children ... to touch the hearts and lives of thousands of athletes, spectators and individuals all over the world with His unimaginable love, acceptance, forgiveness and hope.”


New LGBT minor is a major sore sport for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette

Political Correctness

By Kelly Boggs, Baptist Message Editor

It was recently revealed that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette began offering a Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Studies during the spring semester. The new course of study was outed by Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum via an e-mail to supporters.

One of the purposes of the LGBT Minor, according to the ULL website (as of July 24), is as follows: “Through their studies, students will be challenged to investigate cultural traditions that have shaped our current understanding of sexuality and gender, permitting them to confront these traditions and generate new theoretical and ideological paradigms.”

According to the ULL website the new course of study is “Louisiana’s first opportunity to obtain a minor in LGBT Studies.”


Opt out of the gay marriage debate? That’s no longer an option

By Owen Strachan, Boyce College Professor

There’s been a lot of talk about evangelicals opting out of the culture wars recently. Some of that could be good. Few of us want to identify the church with the Republican Party, or to act as if anything is more needful than the promotion of the Gospel.

But some of this discussion has been deeply harmful. Why? Because there is a desperate need for the church to be the church in this fallen world. Now is not the time to back off from a robust cultural ethic. Now is the time to engage.

Some still think that they have the luxury of sitting out the national debate over homosexuality. They think, “Well, the battle over marriage is for those frothy-mouthed Christians who send out the weird newsletters and are always sounding the doomsday bell. I don’t really have the stomach for that; I don’t want, after all, to be weird, or un-liked. Nope. No thank you.”


‘Kids need a mom and dad’ shouldn’t be controversial

By Joesph Backholm, Executive Director of Family Policy Institute

Editor’s note: Joseph Backholm is executive director of a pro-traditional marriage organization in Washington state, where citizens will vote on the definition of marriage in November.

According to the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers held certain truths to be self-evident. By my understanding, that means there are some things we agree are true even if millions of dollars are not spent to study the subject.

For many of us, that list would include the idea that drugs are bad, nice people have more friends, and that it’s a good thing for kids to have a mom and dad.


God’s Amazing Grace: “Was Blind, but Now I See”

By Charles Quarles, Dean of the Caskey School of Divinity at Louisiana College

Even though it was written in 1779, John Newton’s hymn “Amazing Grace” remains a favorite of Christians everywhere.

It has aptly been called the “Anthem of Southern Baptists” because of its powerful and poetic expression of the truths of the gospel that Baptists hold dear.

Unfortunately, when we sing the old familiar hymns, we may mouth the words without reflecting on the great truths that they express. Let’s think for a moment about one of the great doctrines that the hymn articulates:


Questions we've Pondered

By Bill Warren, NOBTS

Question: What do we know about the Apostle Paul, one of my favorite Bible characters?

Bill Warren responds: Paul, what a giant of a Christian! Paul wrote a large portion of the New Testament, was a major Christian leader in Acts, and has continued to impact Christianity throughout the centuries. “Paul” was his Greco-Roman name, while “Saul” was his Jewish name.

He was a Roman citizen (Acts 16:37-38), having been born in Tarsus, a major center of learning in the Roman world. His education may have included training there, but the evidence is not sufficient to be certain.


LBCH launches International Orphan Care Ministry

Orphans Ministry: Rooms filled with babies might not receive all the love and attention they might like. This LBCH group fills their lack.

By Staff, LBCH Communications

MONROE – Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries sponsored its first international orphan care mission trip in June. Sixty Louisiana Baptists, representing 16 LBC churches, bonded into an awesome mission team. They ministered to 75 medically-needy infants and children residing at a malnutrition center in San Juan, Guatemala.

The LBCH mission team ranged in age from 15 to 72 and tackled a variety of assignments during the week. Some provided direct daily care for the children including bathing, feeding, changing diapers, rocking babies, and stacking blocks with toddlers. Others sorted and organized the contents of 40 suitcases of clothes and supplies donated by our Louisiana churches.

Some provided worship times for the children with a daily puppet show, story time, balloon animals, and Bible songs in Spanish.


Claire’s life-changing mission adventure

Life Changing Experience: Seventeen-year-old Claire holds one of the babies she cared for while on mission in Guatemala.

By Claire, Louisiana Baptist Children's Home

Editor’s Note: Claire is a 17-year-old of Love Cottage at the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home. Here is her account of a mission trip to Guatemala.

MONROE – The day we left for our adventure in Guatemala was an exciting, thrilling, loving, crazy-filled day. There were nine of us who traveled together to the airport in our jam-packed van.

When we arrived at the airport, words can not describe the wonder and amazement I felt. Of course, I was scared to death because this was my first time to fly and my first time to leave the country.